The delivery of cash to the UK’s 4,500 post offices could be hit, if a group of Post Office managers take industrial action over the management’s refusal to make an agreed one-off payment of between £750 and £975.
The warning from Unite, the country’s largest union which represents about 900 Post Office managers, came as the Post Office announced today (Friday 10 July) a £100 million operating profit and a £33 million reduction in operating losses.
Unite officer for the Post Office, Brian Scott said: “Post Office bosses seem to be in a parallel universe – they are crowing about the improving financial position, yet are too tight-fisted to honour the 2014 pay deal for about 150 managers who control the cash supplies to the 4,500-strong post office network.
“The crux of the dispute is that the first stage of the lump sum was paid at the end of last year, but the second tranche of between £750 and £975 is not being paid as it is alleged the managers did not reach a service target.
“Unite strongly disputes this and the proof is in the pudding – our members have contributed substantially by their hard work to the Post Office’s latest profit figure of £100 million and rosier financial position.
“It is Unite members that have worked hard to deliver these changes that have contributed to the profit figure in extremely difficult circumstances and the management’s refusal to honour a negotiated agreement on pay is just not acceptable.
“We have been making every effort to get the Post Office to see sense, but every overture has been ignored. We will have no alternative now, but to prepare for a ballot for strike action which could stop the delivery of cash to the network across the country."
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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.